No. 14 Cal Competes at Peg Barnard Invitational
April 4, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL COMPETES AT PEG BARNARD INVITATIONAL: No. 14 California travels to the Peg Barnard Invitational Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9, in Stanford, Calif., for its final tuneup for the Pac-10 Championships. Saturday's first round begins at 8:30 a.m. PT at the par 72, 6,168-yard Stanford Golf Course, while the final round starts Sunday at 8 a.m. PT with a shotgun start. The 14 teams at the Stanford-hosted event have the opportunity to schedule a practice round Friday.
THE FIELD: The Peg Barnard Invitational field consists of (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings): No. 14 California, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 21 Stanford, No. 23 Long Beach State, No. 31 UC Irvine, No. 44 San Jose State, No. 45 Washington State, No. 49 Oregon State, San Francisco, Hawaii, Santa Clara, Fresno State, Portland State and Denver.
BEARS' LINEUP: Cal's lineup (in order) is listed below:
Player YR 05-06 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l RankSophia Sheridan Sr. 24 1796 74.8 67 2 43Sofie Andersson Sr. 24 1777 74.0 69 3 27Mika Takayama Jr. 21 1612 76.8 70 T12 NRAllison Goodman Fr. 21 1601 76.2 69 T17 99Shannon Yocum Fr. 21 1648 78.5 72 T24 NR
BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE RECAP: Cal finished in ninth place with a score of 909 March 31-April 2 at the 17-team Bryan National Collegiate at the Bryan Champions Course in Browns Summitt, N.C. The Bears improved each round, capping the three-day tournament with a score of 299. No. 5 Georgia won the tournament by five shots with a total of 875 over No. 1 Duke. Senior Sophia Sheridan led Cal by tying for 26th at 226. Senior Sofie Andersson was the Bears' next best golfer, tying for 33rd at 228.
BEARS IN THE RANKINGS: Three Cal golfers are ranked in the top 100 nationally according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released April 2. Sofie Andersson leads the trio at No. 27, followed by Sophia Sheridan at No. 43 and freshman Allison Goodman at No. 99. After beginning the fall not ranked in the top 25 as a team, Cal has climbed to as high as No. 11 this spring and currently stands 14th.
MULTIPLE LEADERS: Three golfers have led Cal in at least one tournament this season. Senior Sofie Andersson held top honors in four of the first five tournaments, but senior Sophia Sheridan has recorded the Bears' top performance in the last three events - the Wildcat Invitational (second), the Cal Guadalajara Invitational (T15th) and the Bryan National Collegiate (T26th). Junior Mika Takayama paced Cal at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitationa in October, tying for 12th for her best finish of the season.
ANDERSSON PURSUES CAL RECORD BOOKS: Sofie Andersson is in pursuit of Cal's season and career scoring records. In 2005-06, Andersson boasts a 74.04 stroke average, which is closing in on Sarah Huarte's 2003-04 mark of 73.82. Andersson, who competed at Mississippi State as a freshman, owns a 74.5 career scoring average, which is on pace to surpass Huarte's school record of 75.1. If Andersson's freshman year isn't factored into the equation, she still beats Huarte with a 74.4 stroke average. Andersson, a two-time honorable mention All-American, has had to overcome a lot of adversity due to back problems over the last couple of years. She spends on average five hours per week working with a physcial therapist to be ready for competition. Sophia Sheridan, who earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2003-04, also may break Huarte's career mark. Sheridan's career scoring average is 75.2.
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